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School District Reform Prompts Parent Protests in Beijing

Middle school students return from school in Beijing in May. Photo: VCG
Middle school students return from school in Beijing in May. Photo: VCG

A group of 30 parents staged a protest at the education department of Beijing’s Dongcheng district earlier in May to voice their opposition to a sweeping change to the “school district” policy now being tested by the local government.

Under the change, a school district, usually comprised of several neighborhoods, is no longer tied to one specific school. Instead, students in one school district can choose from a list of schools close to their homes depending on the availability of spaces at each of the schools.

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